Level 5


Course Level

Level 5


24-26 months

School of Education, Health and Community

90% of apprentices will remain in employment after completing their apprenticeship

83% of apprentices say their apprenticeship has improved their career prospects

Want to take the next step in your health and social care career? Do you want a hands-on role providing compassionate care for patients, service users and clients? Our Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare Higher Apprenticeship will give you the advanced knowledge you need to take on a wide variety of roles improving support and patient-focused care.

This Level 5 apprenticeship is designed for anyone employed in roles such as senior care and support workers, primary and secondary care, hospital wards and acute clinical areas. Featuring a mixture of theory and practical assignments at University College Birmingham and in your workplace, the course will give you essential management, mentoring and coaching skills as well as an in-depth understanding of factors influencing health and ill health, covering a range of topics within anatomy and physiology.

To support your learning, you will have access to our wide range of facilities on campus, including state-of-the-art simulation environments in our purpose-built Health Hub. Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you will receive a Level 5 Apprentice Assistant Healthcare Practitioner Certificate.

Why choose this apprenticeship?

  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – From studying human anatomy and infection control to promoting effective nutrition and managing a team, gain a wealth of knowledge and skills for your career
  • LEARN WHILE YOU WORK – Earn a Level 5 Assistant Healthcare Practitioner Diploma while putting your learning into practice in your workplace
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Hone your practical skills on campus in our state-of-the-art Health Hub, including a replica hospital ward and community care environment

Our facilities

As part of your healthcare higher apprenticeship, you will have access to University College Birmingham’s new Health Skills and Simulation Suite, providing a specialist learning environment which replicates real-life care settings to enhance your practical training.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Working towards Level 2 Functional Skills or evidence of GCSE English and maths grade C
  • Must be working a minimum of 30 hours per week in an appropriate role
  • Hold a Level 3 qualification or significant experience in the health and social care sector
  • Evidence of achieving The Care Certificate or working towards this – if this has not currently been achieved, it will be mapped into the programme for completion

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will need to complete tasks and acquire a portfolio of evidence through work-based learning and assessment, taught sessions and online delivery. A qualified tutor/assessor will examine the evidence which is then approved by an external verifier (appointed by the examining body). An emphasis on personal learning and thinking skills, and employment rights and responsibilities, is embedded in the apprenticeship.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

End-point assessment

All apprenticeship standards require successful completion of end-point assessments graded by an approved external apprenticeship organisation.

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